Sinclair TV Deal Will Enable Right Wing Propaganda To Be A Force In All But Print Media

I just wanted to do a quick follow up to my post about the Sinclair Broadcasting deal with the FCC to purchase another 42 TV channels that would give the company access to nearly 75% of American viewers and how this transaction was just another step toward government “managed media”, similar to what Putin has built in Russia.

Kevin Drum kindly points out that we are probably a lot closer to that reality than we think. With the conservative leaning Clear Channel dominating radio with right wing talk shows and Fox News clearly being a force in cable news, the addition of Sinclair would provide the right wing propaganda machine with a triple threat. As Drum says, “Fox News (cable news), Sinclair (broadcast TV), and Clear Channel (AM radio) are essentially state media in the Trump era. That’s a mighty useful thing for a demagogue to have.”

Originally published at on August 15, 2017.

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